[postgis-devel] license question

Paul Ramsey pramsey at cleverelephant.ca
Fri Apr 4 05:26:02 PDT 2014

It’s probably unclear to the OGC as well. 

From the originating document itself:

The companies listed above have granted the Open GIS Consortium, Inc. (OGC) a nonexclusive, royalty-free, paid up, worldwide license to copy and distribute this document and to modify this document and distribute copies of the modified version.
Each of the copyright holders list above has agreed that no person shall be deemed to have infringed the copyright, in the included material of any such copyright holder by reason of having used the specification set forth herein or having conformed any computer software to the specification.

Make of it what you will.



On April 4, 2014 at 5:18:26 AM, Markus Wanner (markus at bluegap.ch) wrote:
> Dear postgis developers,
> upon the recent upload of postgis-2.1.2, Thorsten Alteholz from the
> Debian FTP team notified me that the license for the files in
> extras/ogc_test_suite/* is unclear (to him and me at least) [0].
> Assuming these files are distributed under the OGC Document Notice, the
> postgis source tarball - as it stands - would be considered non-free by
> Debian.
> I'm not going to move postgis to the non-free area, but would rather
> repack a tarball without those files and keep it in main. However,
> ideally, can you please clarify the license situation.
> Regards
> Markus
> [0]: http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=743489
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